Motivational Interviewing 101 for Student Supervisors
Course Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a “collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change” (Miller and Rollnick, 2013). MI was developed by William Miller & Stephen Rollnick, originally for use working with clients with alcohol and other substance use problems. In the past two decades, however, MI has been adopted for use in many other settings, particularly in supporting individuals to make a lifestyle change, and has increasingly been used in higher education and student support environments.
Motivational Interviewing has myriad applications, but a few contexts that MI could support within your role as a supervisor of student staff are:
- Accountability conversations about students arriving late to work or having trouble following through on commitments and
- need to make a change in performance
- Discussions about what’s next, exploring ways in which their current experience applies to their future goals
- Navigation of common transition challenges that might be impacting all aspects of life including work, such as feeling overwhelmed by coursework, managing personal relationships, or making difficult decisions
Motivational Interviewing framework and strategies will overall help you to be a better communicator and supervisor, to hear your student staff fully and respond intentionally.
Join us for Motivational Interviewing 101 for Supervisors to learn the basics about MI and four strategies to implement it in your conversations. We’ll build in time to practice and identify contexts in your specific work setting that these tools could be beneficial.
- What is Motivational Interviewing?
- When might I use Motivational Interviewing as a supervisor of student staff?
- The spirit of MI
- Stages of Change and Change Talk
- OARS (Open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarization)
Facilitator: Maya Herran, CES Operations, Programs, and Events Manager
Audience: All supervisors/managers of student staff
Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center